Where is Rashida Tlaib’s family from? Is Rashida Tlaib Arabic?


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American politician and lawyer serving as the U.S. representative for Michigan’s 12th congressional district since 2019 (known as the 13th congressional district until 2023), Rashida Tlaib was born on July 24, 1976, to working-class Palestinian immigrants in Detroit.


Rashida’s mother was born in Beit Ur El Foka, near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Her father was born in Beit Hanina, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

Rashida’s father was a workaholic. He moved first to Nicaragua, then to Detroit. He worked on an assembly line in a Ford Motor Company plant.

As the eldest, Rashida played a role in raising her siblings while her parents worked.

Tlaib won the Democratic nomination for the United States House of Representatives seat from Michigan’s 13th congressional district in 2018.


Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. speaks during a rail union workers rally near the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Is Rashida Tlaib Arabic?

Tlaib ran unopposed in the general election and became the first woman of Palestinian descent in Congress, the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan legislature, and one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, along with Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

In September 2018, The New York Times reported that Tlaib walked into her family’s mosque to express her gratitude for the opportunity to run for Congress, articulating a belief that “my Allah is She”

The Detroit Free Press reported that, although she recognizes that some in her faith community consider her not “Muslim enough”, she believes that Allah understands that she deems her actions “reflective of Islam.”


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